Quebec City native bound for International Space Station

Canadian Astronaut David Saint-Jacques will be involved in some groundbreaking experiments on how the body's immune and vascular systems function in space when he boards the International Space Station next year.

The Quebec City native says the work he'll do during his six-month mission will have benefits on Earth as well.

While in orbit, Saint-Jacques will be wearing a so-called smart-shirt, which monitors an astronaut's vital signs.

On Earth, the device has the potential to monitor the health of Canadians in remote communities who have limited access to medical care.

Saint-Jacques will also test a new instrument known as a bio-analyzer which will perform near real-time analysis of blood.

The bio-analyzer could also have applications on Earth because a test can be done immediately in a doctor's office, without having the sample sent to a lab.